KEVIN FEDERLINE's attorney is grateful for the intense media interest in his client's ongoing custody case with Britney Spears, because having the pop star's every move captured on camera has saved him the cost of hiring a private detective.
Lawyer Mark Vincent Kaplan admits he has been spared at least $500,000 (GBP250,000) in the case, because every detail of Spears' day-to-day life is documented on gossip websites and magazines - so he has no need to hire a private investigator to do the dirty work for him.
He says, "If I had to hire an investigator or investigators to provide me with the intelligence about what's going on, where they are, how are they doing, it would be north of half a million to a million dollars... as opposed to buying People magazine for $3.95 on Thursday morning or going on (website) TMZ.
"Everyone who had a big toe in this case at every level followed what was going on by looking at the web sites."
And Kaplan is delighted to have landed such a big case - because the long-running legal wranglings will go down in history.
He adds, "No other case has had the media addiction and frenzy that surrounded this case and these people 24-seven. There's never been anything like this, and there probably won't be for a while."